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Dr. Goh Hsiao Mei

B.A. (Hons) Communication
M.A.  Archaeology
Ph.D. Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management
Email: hmgoh@usm.my
Tel: 04 653 4127
Building: B15
Research Interests:
Public archaeology and heritage management


Hsiao Mei Goh obtained her BA (Hons) in Communication, MA in Archaeology and PhD in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management. She is a faculty member of Centre for Global Archaeological Research (CGAR) and currently heading the Division of Industry and Community Linkage of CGAR. 

Trained as a cave archaeologist, Goh gradually venture into the field of public archaeology and heritage management through her long-term interaction with the public and her growing interest in heritage policymaking. She is particularly interested in bridging the partnership among the stakeholders and promoting community-driven conservation project. Her current work mainly focuses heritage management and investigating the best benchmark for the future delivery of heritage management in Malaysia. 

Apart from her research work, Goh has also been highly involved in heritage education and outreach program. At present, she is leading the Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project – an archaeological heritage conservation and outreach program fully funded by public community (crowd-funding and public donation). Her work has been featured in numerous research and popular publications and she has wide experience of public speaking to a large audience of both public and professional audiences, such as TEDx Penang. 

Other Professional Activities

Hsiao Mei Goh involves in many heritage consultation projects across the country, covering complex urban developments, rural schemes and infrastructure projects. Her professional experience includes liaising with owners, land managers, local authorities and non-governmental organization to promote site preservation and conservation, as well as seeking and establishing partnership at local, regional, national and international level. Her previous and current involvement in other non-research heritage projects includes the nomination of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lenggong Valley, Gua Tambun Heritage Awareness Project (community outreach and education), Old Prangin/Sia Boey Archaeological Project, Sia Boey Public Archaeology Program (a program park under Penang Museum Network), Fort Cornwallis Archaeological Project and etc. She is an accredited mentor for Cultural Heritage Specialist Guides Program (for UNESCO World Heritage Sites and National Heritage Site in Malaysia) endorsed by Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and also holding a position as the council member of Penang Heritage Trust (NGOs).